Wednesday, 27 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: MORE MILITARY VEHICLES

VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLES 
AT
HUNGERFORD ARCADE RAISING
MONEY FOR THE
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
POPPY APPEAL

PART TWO

As promised, here are some more of the vintage military vehicles with their proud owners who raised lots of money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


RARE BEDFORD 4 X 2 CL FUEL TANKER 
Proud owner Gary Crook
Gary's lovely wife June has a vintage Land Rover






This Bedford Tanker is 18 feet long
and is one of only three that
survive today.  

1943 Willys Jeep owned by Chris Freeman
Chris named his Jeep 'Rosie' as a tribute to his
mum.  Rosie was her betting name!

Here you can see the original
communications aerials on the
dashboard in Chris' Jeep

Here is Chris' beautiful Labrador, Roc
Roc loves to wear his goggles when travelling
in the Jeep.  Everyone just loved him

"Where are we going next dad?"

1942 Willys Jeep of the 82nd Air Bourne 307 Engineers Battalion 1.  
They, with this Jeep were the first ones on the Rhine crossing!
Roy Parr is the proud owner of this historic Willys Jeep
Roy is holding the original weapon that would have been
in this Jeep.  There is a special place on the dashboard
where it is kept .
   





1942 Willys Jeep
No. 5308241
George Ralph is the proud owner of this Willys Jeep
George is second from the right holding the red bucket.
He is busy with Roy collecting the appeal money.





This is an amazing 6 wheeled 
6 x 6 Dodge WC62 Weapons Carrier

After WWII, this vehicle went to the Norwegian School of Artillery
Andy Butler is now the proud owner and it is stationed at
the 444th Armoured Division Devizes
 

Andy Beswick
Proud owner of this Ariel Wing 350cc
motor bike which was used by the
War Department in the early 1940s






A big thank you to each and every one of you for the wonderful work you did in raising lots of money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE HAS A BIG CHRISTMAS TREE


CHRISTMAS TREE
Everyone at Hungerford Arcade wish to give a very big thank you to Trevor Elliman and his daughter, Jess for the magnificent Christmas tree which they not only donated but erected at the garden entrance to the Arcade for us and our customers to enjoy.  Trevor and his lovely wife Jane are partners in their own company, The Vintage Garden and have a unit in the Arcade (unit 12) selling vintage tools and country items.

Trevor and Jane are members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.  Trevor grows trees of many different types and sizes. Jane makes beautiful handmade foliage wreaths - Garlands (mainly to order) - Mistletoe hand picked by them in Somerset. Daughter Jess, is a very clever, beautiful young lady and is a big success in the Young Farmers Association.  She is clever at school, is a great cook and loves being a part of her parents' business.  One of the things that Jess loves to do is drive her dad's tractor!
Rita

Jane, Trevor and Holly relaxing
Beautiful Jess - always smiling




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You can contact Trevor Jane & Jess at Willis Farm, Near Vernham Dean, SP11 0LL.




For more information,
please call them on:
07759583631 or 01264 731202.












HUNGERFORD ARCADE TOY VALUATION DAY

HUNGERFORD ARCADE
TOY VALUATION DAY
SATURDAY, 30th NOVEMBER 2013
11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Exciting news for all you toy collectors out there.  Two of our expert toy dealers from units 28 and 108 respectively, are holding a toy valuation day on Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.


Alan (Unit 108)
is very popular with the collectors of Dinky, Corgi and all die-cast cars etc. etc. along with Railway engines and all 
related parts.


Gary (Unit 28) is very popular with the collectors of Action Man figures.






Do come along to Hungerford Arcade and meet these very knowledgeable men.

Valuations are totally free.  All we ask is if you would kindly donate £1 to our sponsored charity, Walking With The Wounded.

Gather up your toys and find their true value.
Rita

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Proud sponsors of Walking With The Wounded

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: SANTA COMES TO TOWN

SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2013
THE SPECTACULAR HUNGERFORD
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WILL BE SWITCHED ON AT 6.00 P.M.

We have been very excited this week at Hungerford Arcade because, this is it folks, the countdown to Christmas officially starts in Hungerford this Sunday, 1st December at 6.00 p.m. The celebratory event will start at around 5.00p.m and will go on until at least 6.30 p.m.  This year the great "Switch-On" will be performed by Lt. Col. Stefan Crossfield of 6 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a regiment having a very close bond with Hungerford.  

There will be music with the Hungerford Town Band; refreshments will be available and I am also reliably informed that there will be a Hog Roast if you are feeling a little peckish! The children from the local schools will be lining the streets with their family and friends for that magic moment - the great "Switch-On" and not forgetting the great man himself -
 Father Christmas!
 Hungerford is famed for its Christmas lights so do come along, the atmosphere is electric and one you will remember for a very long time!
Rita


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Monday, 25 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA 2013

HUNGERFORD VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA 
2013
FRIDAY, 13TH DECEMBER 5.00 PM - 9.00 PM

Christmas is well and truly here when the Victorian Extravaganza comes to town!  At 5.00 p.m. the ribbon will be cut hailing the start of the festivities.  The Pipe Band and Hungerford Town Band will strike up, there will be steam engines, fairground organ, big wheel, jugglers, stilt walkers and stalls from bridge street to the top of the High Street. Not forgetting the man himself, Father Christmas will be there.

Hungerford Arcade will stay open until 9.00 p.m. on the evening of the Victorian Extravaganza so do come along and see what is going on right on our door step
Rita



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Sunday, 24 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

Just to keep you up to date with the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Challenge.  Prince Harry has arrived for the long trek of over 200 miles to the South Pole.  They are already experiencing temperatures of  -40 degrees.

All of us at Hungerford Arcade send our best wishes to Prince Harry, Kate Philp and all Team Glenfiddich.
Rita

Major Kate Philp










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HUNGERFORD ARCADE: ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA








QUEEN'S ESCORT


Hungerford Arcade has had many Royal visitors and those connected with them.  However, it was a first to have the Queen's Escort who served on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

David Bateman (now Lord David F.C. Bateman) joined the Royal Air Force in 1983 and served until 2008, serving some of that time aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia as the Queen's Escort.  Britannia was his home and his country wherever she went in the world.  David and his wife, Dorothy even had their marriage Banns read on the Royal Yacht and her Majesty took a keen interest and kept up to date asking David if all is in order with the wedding preparations.

David served as a Medic in Afghanistan in 2006 and due to his injuries has reluctantly retired.

All of us at Hungerford Arcade send our very best wishes to Lord David and Lady Dorothy Bateman.
Rita

Dedicated crew
H. M Queen Elizabeth II
with the Crew of HMY Britannia

DECOMMISSIONING

Because Britannia played such an important role in the public and private lives of the Royal Family for over four decades, it is no surprise that her decommissioning was a sad day for all.


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE WAVE FAREWELL TO THE ANTARCTIC CHALLENGE TEAM





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Walking With The Wounded Antarctic Challenge Team descended upon London's Trafalgar Square today for the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Departure Event. A  whole host of media, press and guests  were invited to Trafalgar Square to join the Expedition Teams and to wish them all the very best before they depart for Cape Town on Sunday and then onto Novo Air Base next week.

It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was in good spirits for the event.  Team Glenfiddich, Team Noom Coach and Team Soldier On were very busy speaking to the media and press who were very keen to find out more about the extraordinary Team Members and what the expedition means to them.

Honorary Team Member, Dominic West stood proudly with his Team, Team Soldier On, throughout the event.

Prince Harry 's arrival was the crescendo of the event as the Virgin Money Endeavour Trophy was revealed to the huge crowd.




Everyone at Hungerford Arcade send our very best wishes to each and every one of you very brave men and women. We will be following your progress throughout the South Pole Challenge.
Rita



HUNGERFORD ARCADE AND MORE OF THE DOLLS HOUSE

Langdon Hall
The country seat of Lady Langdon

On the 18th May 2013, I published Part II of Leonard Martin's stunning dolls house which took him 26 years to build.  As it was being exhibited and was too heavy to move to take further photographs, Len said he would send the photos onto me as soon as Langdon Hall was  back home.  This he did and Hungerford Arcade is very proud to release these further pictures which complete the interior of this beautiful house.
Rita

Langdon Hall 
The country seat of Lady Langdon 
“Welcome to the world of miniature” 


This elegant country house comprises of the following: 

 Two fine reception rooms, both boasting ornate, gilded plaster 
ceilings and handsome fireplaces. 

 Two exquisite bedrooms each having their own, private en-suite 
bathroom. 

 The scrubbed and functional kitchen is located on the ground floor, 
at the rear of this impressive home and is certainly the hub of the 
household. 

 The grand marble floored entrance hall leads to a lavish stairway 
and then up to a gallery landing which is lit by a spectacular crystal 
chandelier. 

Langdon Hall was designed and built by Leonard Martin over 
a period of 26 years 

and at a cost of approximately £6,000. 

The GreenRoom en-suite Bathroom

The bathroom of the green room is laid with approximately 68 real slate tiles



The Red Room en-suite Bathroom
The Kitchen

The kitchen floor is real slate and there are approximately 100 pieces. The chimney breast has approximately 480 real miniature bricks , all fitted by hand. All the furniture including the all delicious food on the table I made by hand. The scullery maid was hand made for me.
The door on the left leads to the dining room and the door to the right leads into the sitting room.


Leonard Martin with his Masterpiece

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE AND BEAUTIFUL BRIDE, AIMEE

FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

I just had to share with you this lovely e-mail sent by Helen Cubitt, together with a photograph of her beautiful daughter, Aimee on her wedding day.  Hungerford Arcade is truly a 'world' beater! Thank you Helen for sharing your daughter's special day with us.

All of us at Hungerford Arcade wish Aimee and her husband every happiness in their new life together.
Rita    

"Hi,
Just five days before my daughter planned to get married and she still hadn't found the jewellery she wanted to wear with her vintage wedding dress. This is despite searching shops in Perth, Australia where she lives and a visit to Hong Kong and then to London to see friends! Living near Hungerford I just had a feeling the Arcade would come up trumps and you did!
I'm sending you a photo of Aimee wearing a beautiful single drop diamond on a gold chain and Art Deco earings which delicately drop from a single gold stud. Thank you so much and for being so helpful with her choices. As you can see, she was a stunning and very happy bride.
Helen Cubitt"

Beautiful Bride Aimee wearing the gorgeous jewellery bought
from Hungerford Arcade

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Monday, 11 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE'S: A LIFE'S WORK

We are very proud to have had George Greenslade as a stallholder at Hungerford Arcade for many, many years.  As well as being an expert in antiques, George is an accomplished artist.  George, who is now in retirement at 94 years (young) and in his honour to help him in his latter years, a sale of his original paintings will be held in Hungerford Town Hall, Magistrates Room, on Saturday, 16th November from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  Entrance is free so do please come along.
Rita


“A LIFE’S WORK”

SALE OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS

BY

H T “GEORGE” GREENSLADE
AGED 94 YEARS OLD


'Old' soldier George Greenslade

HUNGERFORD TOWN HALL

MAGISTRATES ROOM

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
9AM – 4PM

FREE ENTRY

Thursday, 7 November 2013

HUNGERFORD ARCADE: MILITARY VEHICLES



VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLES 
AT
HUNGERFORD ARCADE RAISING
MONEY FOR THE
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
POPPY APPEAL

It was a very cold but thankfully sunny day when the military vehicles arrived outside Hungerford Arcade for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  The vehicles created a lot of attention and looked magnificent in the sunshine.  Their owners dressed in period military uniforms the whole scene looked very authentic.  Adults and children alike were walking around talking with the owners and gave generously to the Poppy Appeal.  I will be focusing on one vehicle at a time, spread over a couple of weeks as they do have war history and someone out there may know one of these vehicles personally.  I have taken pictures of the numbers painted on each vehicle which are genuine.  If you do know one, please do let us know.

The first vehicle featured is a M3A1 White Scout Car which has a V8 side valve 16 litre engine. This scout car was with the USA 2nd Armoured Corp who liberated Belgium in 1945! The vehicle remained in Belgium until last week when it was purchased by Paul Gannawry and brought back to England.  Paul belongs to the part of living history group called "The Garrison".  They carry out reinactments and fire real artillery blank shells.  If this vehicle rings any bells with you, we would love to know

All of us at Hungerford Arcade would like to say a big thank you to the the Military Vehicles Trust and the Kennet Valley Military Vehicles Trust for making this event possible and for all the money raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Rita


M3A1 White Scout Car 



Rear view of the M3A1 White Scout Car

A very proud owner, Paul Gannawry

The original USA number

Owners Paul Gannawry, Ruby and his
long time partner of 40 years, Theresa Soley

"What are you looking at?" says Ruby